The 1930s has been describe as the golden age of radio, during the war the wireless helped keep the population and the nation together as family members found themselves all over the world. So perhaps it is little wonder a radio programme featuring the current vintage 1940’s scene finds its way onto the airwaves.
Harry & Edna & on the Wireless is an hour long weekly radio show hosted by husband & wife team Harry & Edna. Their website describes the program as a look at the current 1930's - 1940's scene through a steamed-up monocle. Harry & Edna & on the Wireless is set to a back drop of 'tip top' recorded gramophone music while stylish guests help ensure a sense of old fashioned well-being.
That sounds a tall order to live up to but after only listening for a few minutes of their show you can tell they love playing these fantastic tunes and it is a passion for them to introduce the music to new audiences. Perhaps a little more controversially, they just don’t play tunes from the 1940s. Harry explains “We primarily play music from the 1920’s to the early 1950’s, but we also like to feature contemporary artists who record in a vintage style. We believe it is good to give this aspect of the current vintage scene exposure”. “Plus” adds Edna “we like to demonstrate how the music from the 1930s / 40s is still a major influence on the music of today”.
The show is broadcasted live and although it is not yet a year old has established a following which literally spans the world.
“What is strange” says Harry “is we broadcast on a local UK radio station yet because the show is streamed through the internet we receive emails and messages from all over the world” Indeed the listenership does not passively listen they even contribute stories, information and even send music to the show.
“We have established amazing friendships with people from all over the world, Jeff our new friend in Charleston, USA even sent us a CD containing recordings from his own personal 78 V (Victory) disc collection” said Edna. “It is a real honour for us to play these tracks, recorded by the stars of the day exclusively for the armed forces. Especially as these versions of popular 1940s songs probably have not been heard on radio in years”.
Harry & Edna & on the Wireless is broadcast live every Wednesday at 7pm on Secklow Sounds. The show is repeated & syndicated to other radio stations. You can listen via the internet using the ‘on demand’ service which contains almost the complete back catalogue.
For further information on how to listen to Harry & Edna on the Wireless go to www.harryandedna.co.uk and click on the tab which says ‘wireless’.
Harry and Edna spent their youth flitting through various centuries, until deciding to follow their passion for 20th Century social history and live in the 1940s.